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The United States Playing Card Company graciously supplies a double-face card with every Bicycle deck. There's an advertisment for the card thing of the day on one side and an ad for books or a list of Poker rules on the other side. Unless you're someone who spends way too much time around cards you're not going to be aware of how many advertising cards, if any, are in a deck...and what is or isn't printed on the back of them or it. This curious state of affairs gives you the leverage to create an impossible object out of something that was already there.

Q-FFELCT - I certainly hope so.

PR.L-&LUL6 - Keep the Cincinnati double-facer in your case until ready, then secretly add it onto the face of the face-down deck. You can do this manually or via "Free Ride" (see Index). There is no galactic importance as to which way your double-facer faces.

6TE-P 0\\E. - Hold the face-down deck from above by its ends with your right fingers and use your right forefinger to swivel the upper half onto your left hand. Obtain a left little-fin-ger break as you place the right-hand half onto the left.

Riffle your left thumb down the upper right corner of the deck to force the double-facer above the break. (Ask spectator to say stop as you riffle. Either time the riffle so you end up at the break...or pretend to cut where you were stopped at. actually cutting to the break.)

■5TE.P l\JO - Table the left-hand half to your left...then show the face of the right-hand half to your spectator and ask her to remember the card. Since it's the advertising card she should give an odd look or a chuckle or at least tell you that it's a strange card.

You must now expose the advertising card "mistake." If your spectator is playing hardball and has not indicated that anything is strange about her card...you'll have to openly peek at it to discover the problem yourself.

i>TE-P TiJE-E-E- - Turn the cards face up onto your left palm...leaving the advertising-double extending past the outer end. Express mild annoyance at the goof-up, then have some fun by reading a few lines from the ad...or whatever it is that's printed on the card. This is an important bit because it establishes that this card is distinctly different from the "second" advertising card that pops up later.

As you read the compelling message, obtain a left pinky break beneath the second card from the face to get ready for a double. Your right fingers turn the double face down onto the face of the deck. Turn your left hand down with its half as you thumb off the single reversed card from the bottom so it lands face down onto the table...to the left of the tabled half (FIG 1). This puts you in perfect position to pick up the tabled half-deck onto the face of your left-hand half, where you keep a left little-finger break between them...and turn your hand so the deck is face up.

|s|¿7M-PC.E.r¿7l2.MAlslCt. N¿?TE. - Turning down the double, tossing it to the table, and picking up the tabled half should all be done with an off-hand "non-performance" attitude. You want to quickly sweep this accidental moment of dumbness under the rug and get back on track with your professional presentation.

ÓTE.P fO\M. - Patiently ask your spectator to again call out stop as your left thumb riffles the face-up deck to the break for a face-up force of the "second" advertising card. Lift off the upper half with your right fingers to reveal this second moment of accidental dumbness. Place the right-hand half face up under the left-hand half...and as you square the deck obtain a left pinky break beneath the second card from the face. Read a few lines of the ad copy with your spectator to again reinforce the difference between the "two" cards.

ÓTELP FIVE- - "I think these two cards were meant to be together, maybe they can fondle each other's mailing lists. Here...let me try something."

Your right fingers grasp the double at the break, from above by its ends. As you tilt your right hand palm up to show the back of the double, your left hand immediately turns down with the deck (to avoid flashing the card at its face) and goes directly down to the tabled face-down "advertising card #1."

Your left thumb and forefinger pick up the tabled card so it goes face down square onto the face of the deck. Bring up the deck (with its face-down card showing on top) to display it next to the back of the right-hand double (FIG. 2).

6TE-P 6IX - The following actions will look exactly as though you are squaring the two advertising cards back-to-back...but will actually leave you with just the single double-facer:

Turn your right hand palm down, so the double's face up, and press it flat against the other face-down card...so part of the left side of the left-hand card still shows for a moment (FIG 3). Then slide the right-hand double to the left, so it's now pressed square onto the other facedown card. Note that your right fingers and thumb completely cover the two ends.

Openly glance down at the inner end of the deck where your right thumb pretends to pry up the end of the lower face-down card, but you actually allow the face-up indifferent card at the back of the double to pop off your thumb so it appears square on the deck. You then immediately tilt your right hand to display the face of the "second" advertising card that you apparently just picked up onto the back of the first advertising card (FIG 4). Your left hand tables the deck face down to your left.

Take care that your fake double doesn't start to bow like the flimsy single card that it actually is. Keep it flat and sturdy looking. Practice by doing the above sequence with two real cards so you'll know how to move with the moves.

6TE.P 5EA/E.N - Turn your right hand palm down and grasp the "two cards" from below by the sides with your left fingers...so the card is now held with both hands. Your right thumb pretends to snap off two cards at the inner end...while in fact the first snap is created by the tip of your left little finger as it secretly snaps off the inner right corner. Your right thumb then snaps off the inner end to create the sound of the second card (This is the same auditory false count first used in "Illusion." See Index.)

Carefully square the less-than-two cards, then gently place them onto your spectator's open palm as you comment, "Try to keep them lined up." Direct her to place her other hand (or the hand of a close friend) on top of the two cards and to create a substantial amount of heat and pressure. Have her check out the cards to see if they stuck together. They will have. And then some.

As all attention becomes focused on the "impossible" double-facer, pick up the deck and straighten out the reversed card. The easiest way is to flip the face card face down then flip both cards face up onto the face of the deck.

If being discrepant in public bothers you, a good alternate technique would be to not let little things bother you so much. (Or you could double lift off the face, flip the deck over and place the face-up double on top, then turn the single card face down.)

This is one of those events that are so unusual, that people just sit there and can't think of how to think for a moment -which is just another definition of astonishment.

E-fFE-CT - You hand a book and a business card to someone with the request that they stick the card somewhere in the book. You open to where it's been placed, and the page number is noted. The business card is removed, the book closed. You then openly place the business card face down on the cover of the book. The impossible is proposed: the card will be pressed through the book and stop at the chosen page. The business card owner presses her hand flat onto the card. But when her hand is lifted nothing has changed. Or has it? The card is turned over and a portion of its front layer of paper is missing! You open to the chosen page and find the missing rumpled split skin.

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